Then, you have either not been paying attention or are blinded by bias. It's telling that you guys have to go back to 2016 for those quotes, ones that many on the right denounced at the time, as well. Ever since becoming President he has only spouted the normal political rhetoric about his political opponents. The Dems, on the other hand, have been calling for civil unrest ever since they lost the Kavanaugh battle. Maxine Waters calling for mobs to surround Reps in public places and yell at them that they are not welcome there. Corey Booker telling Dems to get up into Reps faces. Eric Holder saying that when the Reps go low, "we kick them." Hillary saying there will only be a return to civility when they regain power. This all while making excuses for or completely ignoring violent groups like Antifa.
It doesn't help when the Dems are constantly calling Reps racist and sexists who hate minorities. Basically labeling them as pure evil. Bernie himself said that the Reps policies would lead to "thousands of people dying." Pretty extreme rhetoric that could easily trigger a crazy wanting to stop those "deaths." If you want to blame the right for the fake bombs wanting to scare Dems, then you have to blame Dems for a man trying to murder a couple dozen Rep Congressman and the man sending Ricin, something that absolutely would have hurt or killed its intended targets, to Reps just a couple weeks ago. Unless you are a complete hypocrite, of course.
Surrounding politicians and yelling at them is not violence. Which is what we're discussing here.
As for "going back" to 2016, first of all, he got elected because of what he said on the campaign trail. You can't say that doesn't matter all of a sudden. And he doesn't get a free pass on everything he said during his presidential campaign.
Secondly, he's still promoting violence against his opponents to this day. Just a couple of days ago was the latest one, where he praised a violent assault on a reporter. He said "Any guy that can do a body slam, he is my type!", referencing Gianforte body slamming a reporter because he didn't like the questions he was asking.
And it's not just when he is direct about his preference for violence that is a problem. Saying that certain news media is "the enemy of the people" is an incredibly careless statement.
The difference again with Bernie's comment about Republican policies leading to thousands of deaths every year is that he didn't brand them as "the enemy of the people" or evil. Meaning they can be reasoned with, or that their intent is not to cause harm, in spite of the outcome. But it is something he has to draw attention to, that in every other developed nation on the planet, the number of deaths caused from not being able to afford healthcare is 0. Only in USA is that still a thing, and the number is between 40 000 - 45 000 every year.
As for "blaming the right for the fake bombs to scare Dems", where did you hear that they were fake?
FBI said that they were "not hoax devices”, calling them “IEDs,” or improvised explosive devices.
And I don't blame the right or Trump for what this man did. Because I don't know exactly what motivated him. It's possible he could have chosen to be violent even if Trump was a nice person and never said all those crazy things. I criticize Trump for recklessly endorsing violence that very well could directly encourage people to be more violent, like in this case. Or the guy who got arrested after threatening to shoot reporters while citing Trump's "enemy of the people" comment, etc.
And that is why it is pointless to continue this discussion. You can't see past your bias. I called out Trump for his BS during the election. I couldn't even bring myself to hold my nose and vote for him. And while he has slowly won me over with his policies, I still don't like how he talks sometimes. However, I don't have TDS to the point where I'm foaming at the mouth to use every little thing he says, or misrepresent what he says, to get him.
This is what the many in the media have been doing for the past two years. The most recent examples, that I can think of off the top of my head, are the claim he was praising General Lee, when we know they lied, because just one or two sentences later, he named Grant as the one he was talking about. Or claiming when asked about if Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser, was mistreated or mocked, he simply said, "I don't care, we won." A lie. So, while I wouldn't say they are an enemy to the people, they have definitely been shaping themselves up to be the enemy of about half of the country.
You, on the other hand, continue to make weak excuses for your side. Yes, because being encouraged to form a mob to surround someone, and their family if present, while angrily screaming at them, has never led to anything bad. Getting up in people's faces, instead of debating them, is definitely the mature and respectable way to handle political opponents. Saying they should kick their political opponents is a great message to preach. And saying to continue the incivility until we get power is definitely not a call to continue the hostile atmosphere we are experiencing. And again, all while either making excuses or ignoring violent Leftists like Antifa.
Oh, but I'm betting you'll try to explain away all that because of the nuance of said statements. Funny how you won't do the same for "enemy of the people." Because as we have seen, crazy people don't get nuance. Which includes the Sander's supporter who tried to kill a couple dozen Rep while they were playing baseball. I'm guessing part of it may have been to stop thousands of those fictional deaths. Like I said, extreme rhetoric that in no way is true. And similar rhetoric to what the Dems have been using in the lead up to the mid-terms. Maybe that is what inspired the Ricin attack on Reps just a couple weeks ago.
As for the fake bombs, here. And when Sayoc was actually cooperating, he admitted he didn't intend to harm anyone. These bombs were meant to scare, not kill.